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Welcome to the Public Health Social Work Section!

Mission Statement

Establishes standards for social work in health care settings; contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research; promotes social work programs in the public health field.

Who we are 

Some of us are social workers working in public health settings, some are public health professionals interested in social work, and still others are professionals who pursued both MSWs and MPHs, in combined programs or at different times.


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Join us at the 2013 Annual Meeting!



Social Work Section Sessions at APHA's Annual Meeting

Because rooms are subject to change, we encourage each of you to verify room assignments against the final program distributed by APHA (presently waiting room assignments).


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013: 4:00 PM

208.0 Public Health Social Work Social Hour
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 254B

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 6:30 AM

245.0 Public Health Social Work Business Meeting
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 6:30 PM

276.0 Public Health Social Work Social Hour/Reception
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 157B

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 8:00 PM

284.0 Public Health Social Work Business Meeting
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013: 7:00 AM

294.0 Public Health Social Work Business Meeting
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 8:30 AM

3068.0 Adapting and implementing evidence based programs

Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

8:30 AM — Effect of family-based intervention on nonresident African American fathers' and sons' relationships and intentions to exercise K. R. Ellis, MPH, MSW; C. Caldwell, PhD; S. Assari, MD, MPH; E. H. De Loney, MA

8:45 AM — Evaluating the implementation of evidence-based programs that promote adolescent sexual health: Lessons learned from New York state J. Powers, Ph.D.; C. Heib, BA; A. Purington, MS; M. Maley, MS

9:00 AM — Adapting DBT: Evidence-based practice in a psychosocial cancer support setting M. Lang, DrPH, MPH, MPA, MA; M. Dold, LCSW; E. Cohn Stuntz, LCSW-R, BCD

9:15 AM — Impact of family-based economic empowerment on AIDS-orphaned children's psychosocial functioning in Uganda L. Karimli, MPhil, PhD Candidate; F. Ssewamala, PhD

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 12:30 PM

3276.0 Think global act local: Best practice strategies for prevention and wellness
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

12:30 PM — Engaging social work students to think globally and act locally E. Congress, MSW, DSW, LCSW

12:45 PM — Mapping dual-degree programs in social work and public health: Results from a national survey D. Ziperstein; A. Clement; J. W. Marshall, MSW, MPH; E. Velásquez, MSW, MPH; B. J. Ruth, MSW, MPH

1:00 PM — Evaluation of health and wellness program: Lessons learned at the community level C. Rios, MSW

1:15 PM — In their own words: Resilience among haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and its implications for clinical practice G. Rahill, PhD; M. Joshi, PhD; E. Ganapati, PhD

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013: 2:30 PM

3311.0 Behavioral health issues
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, Exhibit Hall A/B1

Board 1 — Social work in early childhood home visitation: State administrator perspectives on the growing roles of social workers S. E. McMillin, Ph.D. candidate, M.A. (public policy and administration--health care services), A.M. (social service administration--social work)

Board 2 — Intimate partner violence among puerto rican women: Does acculturation mediate the effect of psychological abuse on mental health? B. M. Ramos, MSW, PhD; Y. Do, MSW, CASAC; Y. Li, MSW, PhDa; D. Andrade, MSW, LSW

Board 3 — Latina mothers living with HIV: Psychological distress and multidimensional challenges in the process of acculturation M. Y. Um, MIS, MSW; E. Rice, PhD; M. Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D.

Board 4 — Leveraging our place to transform a community: The westward ho initiative D. C. Fike, MSW; M. Shafer, PhD; R. Bonifas, PhD, MSW; K. Gustavson, LCSW, PhD; K. Jarrell, MSN; P. Vissicaro; F. Sun, PhD

Board 5 — Why foster youth need “sex ed”: Social work practices regarding sexual reproductive health N. Finigan, PhD

Board 6 — Pictures that speak: Photovoice as a therapeutic tool for men living with HIV/AIDS A. Rolbiecki, MPH, PhD (c); M. Teti, MPH, DrPH; D. Hampton, MEd

Board 7 — A preliminary investigation of health decision-making among a sample of victimized women on probation and parole through structural equation modeling T. Renn, MPH, MSSW; A. Dishon, MSSW, CSW, MFTA; K. Winham, MSSW, LMFT; S. Golder, PhD; G. Higgins, JD

Board 8 — Examining psychosocial factors effect on physical health and service utilization among a sample of victimized women on probation and parole T. Renn, MPH, MSSW; A. Dishon, MSSW, CSW, MFTA; K. Winham, MSSW, LMFT; S. Golder, PhD; G. Higgins, JD

Board 9 — Rising tide or tsunami: Hepatitis c epidemic and the role of social work K. Jaffee, MSW, PhD

Board 10 — Coping with migration and resettlement distress among marginalized refugee families in the u.s.: A gap in refugee resettlement policy H. Im, Ph.D.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013: 10:30 AM

4148.0 Strengthening access to care for at-risk populations
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

10:30 AM — Ignoring patient needs by limiting Medicare home health social work coverage: The case of Alzheimer’s disease W. Cabin, PhD, JD, MPH, MSW

10:45 AM — Ladies in waiting: Addressing the needs of antepartum patients in the hospital setting M. Benjamin, LCSW

11:15 AM — Comorbid depression and diabetes and self-rated health: Can health ratings differences be explained by race and ethnicity? J. Hastings, MSW, PhD; A. M. Gomes, MSW, MPH; A. Houston, MS, CPH

11:30 AM — Assessing postpartum depression among low-income mothers: Culture, race, and ethnicity R. H. Keefe, PhD, ACSW; C. Brownstein-Evans, PhD, LMSW, ACSW

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013: 12:30 PM

4251.0 International public health
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

12:30 PM — Impact of a family economic empowerment intervention on parenting stress among caregivers of AIDS orphaned children in Uganda P. Nabunya, MSW; L. Ismayilova, PhD; F. Ssewamala, PhD

12:45 PM — Social and economic determinants of youth health perception: Evidence from the Ghana youthsave experiment R. Masa, MSW; G. Chowa, PhD, MSW

1:00 PM — Investigating the effects of a savings and asset-building program on health and well-being of low-income youth in Ghana G. Chowa, PhD, MSW; R. Masa, MSW

1:15 PM — Political violence and health among Palestinian women: The protective effects of internal and external coping strategies C. Sousa, PhD, MSW, MPH; P. M. R. S. (PMRS)


5082.0 Levels of prevention: Primary, secondary, and tertiary
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

8:30 AM — Developing an inter-professional university-community partnership to promote health at a county jail K. Dunn, JD, PhD

8:45 AM — How public health social workers and schools of social work can be influential in sustaining CHWs and community alliances at a state level K. Mitchell, MSW; E. Kieffer, MPH, PhD; N. Yankey; E. C. Grim, BA; H. Roberts; G. Palmisano, BS, MA; M. Spencer, PhD

9:00 AM — Comparative costs and benefits of permanent supportive housing before and after chronic homelessness D. Patterson, PhD, MSW; S. West, MSSW

9:15 AM — Connecticut's recovery specialist program: Getting substance abusing parents into treatment J. A. Ungemack, Dr PH; M. Sienna, M.S; M. Giovannucci, M.S.; S. Moy, Ph.D.; K. Orhenberger, M.A.; M. Painter, LCSW, LADC

9:30 AM — A compromise is born: How landlord and tenant groups jointly developed a policy to protect the health of renters in San Francisco D. R. Smith, MPH/MSW; S. Hennessey-Lavery, MPH; A. Hrushow, MPH


5197.0 Human trafficking/human rights
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, 107B

12:30 PM — Human trafficking: Empowering a comprehensive social work and public health response M. P. Whitaker, Ph.D. MSW; D. Dehart, Ph.D.; E. Lindstrom

12:50 PM — Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the u.s.: A report from the institute of medicine J. Todres, JD; C. Pierce; N. McClain, Ph.D., RN, CPNP; A. English, JD

1:10 PM — Using community readiness assessment to prepare communities for effective response to commercial exploitation H. Wightman, MSW MPH; R. Kohn, MSW MPH; K. Beaudoin, Educator

1:30 PM — Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Oakland: The need for local urgent action J. Espana, MPH